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The Godolphin-raced Trekking has firmed in the latest Winterbottom Stakes 2019 markets dominating betting on the million-dollar Perth sprint after coming up trumps with barrier four.
Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) field features 15 hopeful sprinters facing off at Ascot including the punters’ pick, James Cummings’ star Street Cry gelding Trekking.
The five-year-old drew gate four in Tuesday evening’s Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw for the weight-for-age showdown making the job of jockey Kerrin McEvoy easier in WA on the weekend.
The ideal barrier saw the Winterbottom Stakes odds at Trekking firm from $3 into $2.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au, the Stradbroke Handicap champ coming off a third and second respectively in Sydney’s $14 million The Everest and $1 million Redzel Stakes.
Last year Damien Oliver rode the ill-fated Voodoo Lad to victory in the Winterbottom Stakes from barrier 13 of 14, the champion hoop returning on Saturday chasing successive wins aboard another of the two Godolphin runners Viridine ($15).
Viridine drew a midfield barrier seven gate for Oliver who also rode the 2006 champion Marasco to victory for local horseman Fred Kersley when the Winterbottom only held Group 2 status.
Joining Trekking and Viridine for the stable in the Winterbottom Stakes field this summer is Home Of The Brave ($15) who drew the extreme outside barrier (15 of 15) for jockey Damian Lane.
The best fancied of the local Perth runners in the race, Simon Miller’s flying Artie Schiller mare Flirtini drew wide in barrier 12 but remains the $7 second favourite in betting.
The classy four-year-old comes off back-to-back Group 3 wins at the track having completed the Prince of Wales – Colonel Reeves Stakes double in November, form she’s out to frank in the Group 1 on Saturday.
Flirtini is followed closely in the markets at $7.50 by the gun grey Vital Silver for Karnup-based trainers Daniel & Ben Pearce.
The Wanted six-year-old is the Ascot track specialist having won all three of his starts on the course ahead of the race, Vital Silver last seen running second behind Loving Gaby at The Valley in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) a month back.
Ben Melham rode the Roma Cup winner for that big effort as a $31 outsider on Cox Plate eve and retains the ride back in Perth this weekend drawn in gate six.
Easing in Winterbottom Stakes betting now out to $9 is Tony & Calvin McEvoy’s comeback galloper Hey Doc after the Duporth gelding drew out in barrier 14.
Winner of the 2017 Manikato Stakes, Hey Doc spent over a year on the sidelines before returning at Sandown on November 16 for an eye-catching third only a quarter-length beaten in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).
Co-trainer Tony McEvoy believes Hey Doc presents fitter second-up and was pleased with the horse’s work at Ascot on Tuesday.
“He was a bit of a tourist,” McEvoy told the Herald Sun.
“He was out wide on the course proper and he floated a bit. But he really enjoyed it.
“He pulled up beautifully and did enough. He’s pretty seasoned now. He’s enjoying being at Neville Parnham’s with a beautiful big box.
“Everything has worked in his favour…He’s where I want him to be.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the Perth horses and playing at home is a big advantage but he’s won twice at the elite level. That’s going to take him a long way.”
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||41131×8132||TREKKING||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||4||58.5kg||–|
|2||0x03820x7x||MALAGUERRA||Vaughn Sigley||Troy Turner||13||58.5kg||–|
|3||401x7x58x3||HEY DOC||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||14||58.5kg||–|
|4||451x153x49||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||1||58.5kg||–|
|5||4x70x52472||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||James Cummings||Damian Lane||15||58.5kg||–|
|6||419x395x60||DURENDAL||Chris Gangemi||Brad Parnham||3||58.5kg||104|
|7||04146×0401||VIRIDINE||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||7||58.5kg||–|
|8||455x1161x4||VALOUR ROAD||Simon A Miller||Chris Parnham||9||58.5kg||96|
|9||042163x10x||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||Tony Pike||Leith Innes||2||58.5kg||–|
|10||1213x13x42||VITAL SILVER||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Ben Melham||6||58.5kg||–|
|11||3x226x530x||SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Steven Parnham||11||58.5kg||–|
|12||3611212236||STAGEMAN||Adam Durrant||William Pike||10||58.5kg||95|
|13||3x1129x311||FLIRTINI||Simon A Miller||Paul Harvey||12||56.5kg||83|
|14||3212117×25||MISTY METAL||Robert & Todd Harvey||Shaun McGruddy||8||56.5kg||99|
|15||123015×426||DUBIOUS||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Craig Williams||5||53.5kg||–|
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